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Traficant: 50-50 chance he’ll run again for Congress

Published: Thu, September 10, 2009 @ 11:45 p.m.
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The ex-congressman says, ‘I’m going to say what I think is right.’

YOUNGSTOWN — Ex-U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. told Fox News host Greta Van Susteren that his chances of running for Congress again are “50-50.”

“I have a lot of people who are encouraging me to run because there are a lot of disenfranchised people here,” Traficant said in an interview recorded Wednesday that aired on tonight’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” on Fox News.

Traficant said that his old district is “fractured” and that he needed to find out if he was viable candidate who could gain the support needed to return to Washington, D.C.

The ex-representative was expelled from Congress and served more than seven years in federal prison for racketeering, bribery, obstruction of justice and tax evasion. Tonight’s broadcast was Traficant’s first interview since being released from federal prison Sept. 2.

Traficant said he “forfeited my future” by being critical of the federal government, but that he has no regrets, despite spending seven years in federal prison.

“I didn’t give a damn what they did to me,” Traficant said.

For the complete story, see Friday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com


1Wanto1014(12 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

We need you JIMBO!!!!!! Although the gerrymandering of your district by the Demorats will make it difficult to win.

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2westside(47 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

Too bad the republicans were in charge of Ohio when the districts were redrawn, wanto...

Bimbos for Jimbo!

Put it on a shirt.

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3bobhogue(102 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

Please, Vindy: Stop putting these stories at the top of your front page. Your editorials call -- correctly -- for this area to move on. But your news stories don't do so.

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4ts1227(137 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

It was gerrymandered in 2001 already by the GOP to try to make it harder on him to get back in, but he went to jail so that problem solved itself.

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5Wanto1014(12 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

The GOP never had a problem with Traficant, he voted with them more frequently then his own party. The Demorats repeatedly tried to run candidates of their own to get rid of him. The gerrymandering of the district now and always will favor the Democrats concerning the geographical area. I simply think it is refreshing to see someone that doesn't tow the party line and will speak there own mind.

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6westside(47 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

Well he's certainly not speaking my mind. Is he speaking your mind, wanto?

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7UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

Jimbo - we need you now more then ever!!! Take back your seat from timmy Ryan.

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8valleyred(1103 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

People are oblivious to facts. In 2001, Traficant was the enemy of the Democrats, not the Republicans. Traficant backed the Bush Tax Cuts, spoke out against Al Gore, and all but endorsed George W. Bush on the CNN show Crossfire. He was good friends with the next Senator of Ohio Rob Portman.

In the end, it was the Democrats that Traficant attacked in his final speech before Congress. He went off on them and PRAISED the Republicans.

People that look at the D next to his name do not realize he was more conservative than most Republicans!


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9MVP(67 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

Why any sane person would want a conviced felon, cheat, thief and tax evader to represent them is beyond me. He would have NO allies in congress, no one would want to risk their career siding with a guy who was tossed out of the House for ethic violations and served time in federal prison for taking bribes.

Put the emotions and rhetoric aside for a minute and think. What can someone accomplish in congress who would have no chance at getting on any meaningful committees and who would be ostracized at every turn. If Traficant truly wanted to help this Valley, he would put his support behind someone who could actually get something done in Congress. Alas, Dimbo doesn't think that way. He thinks only of himself and how to get another 15 minutes of fame.

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10Wanto1014(12 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

Traficant should at the very least, have a radio show, I dare you to find a more entertaining and likeable individual. Name one congressman that is as colorful and engaging as Jimbo!

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11workinginthevalley(4 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

As a "younger" person working to change the image of this town, all I can say is "I GIVE UP" --no wonder EVERYONE with an education leaves, leaving behind uneducated, ignorant, morons to run amuck. Nice job Vindy...keep putting felons on the front page and encouraging the brainless to speak up even louder. Great image booster. I am joining the rest of the flock who left...bet they don't have to swim against a current of simplemindedness.

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12Wanto1014(12 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

TRAFICANT/DORNAN 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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13Wanto1014(12 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

The four greatest leaders of our time include: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, and James J. Traficant!!!!!!!!!!

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14janeyblue(227 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

Welcome back Jim! Great to have you home where you belong!

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15Attis(1129 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

U.S. Senator James Traficant, has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? That way maybe the bell of freedom will finally ring inside Senate chambers for a change. Go for it, Jim, it is your destiny, one joined at the hip to the destiny of America.

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16Viewpoint(89 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

Well, lets get it on! Run Jim, then after your crushing defeat you can just finally fade away into the black hole of disgraced felons. And to all you vocal supporters, you are dilusional to think this buffoon has a chance in hell of winning. No one with any degree of sanity would think that this criminal has changed his stripes, even after wearing them for seven years.

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17ohnose(16 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

Traficant used to win in landslides...he doesn't have a chance against Ryan, but if Ryan moves on I give Traficant a chance simply for the fact alot of ordinary people talk the way he talks about the federal government...People relate to the guy, and we all know how he would run his campaign on what he did for the Valley...His opponents would argue countlessly he went to prison for corruption etc...I think people would get sick of that argument..

I think he could win if there are multiple candidates, say four of them....I bet Traficant could pull close to 40%...I may even vote for him just to hear him piss people off..

Traficant is the Prodigal son returning home...LOL that should be the Vindy headline....

Prodigal Son returns to Valley

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18borylie(946 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

Silver lining. Ryan knows he doesn't have to do squat to get reelected and have the Vindy endorse him. Traficant could be the only one to have a chance and a good one to beat Ryan. This may make Timmy get to work and I mean work for us,not the democrats in the house. Nancy is his boss,not his constituents. The Vindy is going to go into overdrive propping up Timmy and running down Traficant.

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19davemyers(11 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

After watching his pathetic interview with Greta VanSurgery last night, I think Jimbo should forget about representing the people and consider a local radio show. Everyone outside of Y-Town (and I think most people in Y-Town) have a difficult time taking this guy seriously. I think the prison atmosphere dulled any serious reasoning he had left. He seemed to be very out of touch with every issue discussed.

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20JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

MVP nailed it above: the guy did 7 years in federal prison. The notion that he could be taken seriously on the floor is only slightly crazier than the notion that he could actually win an election at this stage. There again, we are talking about the Valley...

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21ts1227(137 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

He may have aligned with the GOP toward the end, but neither party wanted him in office. There's a reason they made the 17th cover more toward Akron in the 2001 redistricting, and it was to try and take votes away from him.

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